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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Did AG Candidate Steve Cooley Let Bell Police Chief Off the Hook?

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM

click to enlarge Steve Cooley, left, handed disgraced Bell Police Chief Randy Adams an award in 2008. Did he do so again by not prosecuting him? - PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF L.A. COUNTY
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  • Steve Cooley, left, handed disgraced Bell Police Chief Randy Adams an award in 2008. Did he do so again by not prosecuting him?
Peace Officers Association of L.A. County
Steve Cooley, left, handed disgraced Bell Police Chief Randy Adams an award in 2008. Did he do so again by not prosecuting him?
Will the bell toll for Randy Adams? A group of incensed SoCal cops are sure hoping so.

Our sister publication, LA Weekly is reporting that the Police Officers Association of Bell -- the small L.A. suburb that has become synonymous with costly government malfeasance -- is adamant that Adams, the town's former police chief, face the consequences for loading up his salary. The chief drew a salary of $457,000 -- but was not one of the eight city officials dramatically arrested and charged by L.A. County DA Steve Cooley. The Bell cops are claiming this because Cooley -- a candidate for state attorney general -- is a longtime pal of Adams. This, by the way, has not escaped the notice of Kamala Harris, San Francisco's DA and Cooley's Democratic opponent in the AG's race.
 

Cooley has declined to hand over the investigation of Adams over to another agency, saying he and the disgraced chief are not buds. "I've never been to his home," Cooley told the L.A. Times. "We do not socialize. It's a professional acquaintanceship."

Adams was previously sued for fraud, negligence, and waste of public funds by Attorney General Jerry Brown -- who is also running for higher office, incidentally, and stands to benefit from wringing the necks of the least popular public officials in the state. So it comes as something of a surprise that Cooley did not deign to charge the ex-chief.

In any event, Cooley may live to regret the above photo-op of him awarding Adams "The Presidents Award" in 2008. Expect Harris to disseminate it liberally.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more

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